Sundays are supposed to be for rest and relaxation, but for people with hay fever, that needed R&R before the week gets started again is hard to come by.
Although the word “hay fever” seems to imply that it’s related to a virus, it’s actually an allergy to things like dust, pollen, and pet dander. The symptoms, like runny nose and postnasal drip, are similar to a common cold just without the actual fever (confusing, right?). Since we’re now in October, it’s important to note that ragweed, pollen common in the fall, is a huge factor in hay fever. If you think that what you’re dealing with is something other than the common cold, then it’s possible that you have hay fever.
Why is this important? Well, there are certain complications that come with hay fever. If you’re suffering with any of these, they can ruin your fall, your holidays, and just your day-to-day schedule.
Lack of Sleep
The symptoms of hay fever can get bad enough that they keep us from getting proper amounts of rest. This can lead to feeling exhausted during the day and make it hard to focus on school or work.
Without proper treatment such as immunotherapy or medication, hay fever can lead to a sinus infection, which is a real nasty business. There’s no reason to let hay fever turn into a sinus infection.
Ear Infections in Children
Hay fever in children can lead to ear infections, which is an even worse condition to deal with. So why let your child deal with hay fever if it could turn into something much worse?
For those that suffer with asthma, hay fever can make things a lot worse. Since asthma is already a serious condition, tackling hay fever early is important.
You might be wondering what you can do about hay fever and why we’re telling you what to watch out for. At the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, our specialists and providers can do an allergy test to determine the allergens that make you sick, then perform immunotherapy, an at-home treatment that will greatly lessen the symptoms of allergies.
For more information, call us at 770-740-1860, or visit our allergy page: https://www.entinstitute.com/treatments/allergy-treatment/
Illustration by Parisha Patel